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Chehalis Tribe Hosts Canoe Continued from Page 2.... Families Travelling to Squaxin Braiding your hair Practicing drumming and protects it from the singing songs in camp elements while pulling Final Protocol The Chehalis Tribal community hosted the visiting Canoe Families. It was a night of sharing drumming, singing and dancing at the Community Center. Three canoes carrying tribal other delicious dishes. It was the elders, adults and youth from the frst time visiting canoes have Grande Rhonde, Seletz, Chinook, visited our tribe in over 100 years. Duwamish and New Zealand canoe families. They had been travelling The Chinook and Grande Rhonde from the Columbia along the coast Tribes sang a dinner song in honor and up the Chehalis River. Mostly of the cooks who prepared the staying at State Parks along the meal. The visiting canoe families way until they reached their fnal drummed, danced and sang in full Jr. Miss Chehalis destination in Squaxin Island. regalia during a formal protocol. Squaxin people were Princess Haley Each canoe family had been making wrapped in our love with a Parkinson speech On Thursday, July 26 they came gifts along the journey and honored blanket. during protocol ashore at Friends Landing near Elders and leaders thanking them Montesano to be hosted by the for hosting this gathering. Tribal Chehalis Tribe. They were greeted members and some of the Chehalis by a small group of Tribal members. Canoe Families members ended the Pam, Stacy, Heather Youckton, Sean evening with Chehalis songs. Allen and Miss Tribal Days Princess Brooke Allen. Chehalis Tribal Elder, Joyce Thomas was very impressed Dan Gleason gave them permission saying, “It was a great! Hearing the to come ashore and welcomed them sounds of the drums and singing into our territory. He shared a story they shared that flled the gym and invited the canoe families to the during the performance. It was The dancers did an Chehalis Reservation to share food, so amazing, truly an unforgettable outstanding job!! songs, dance and a place to rest. night.” The following day was a gathering The following morning the Canoe to be remembered for many who families asked and were given came to witness this event. Salmon permission to leave the Chehalis was cooked in Chehalis style, while Territory to continue onto their fnal the Lucky Eagle Casino provided destination at Squaxin Island. Singers and Dancers during final protocol at Squaxin    Page 3
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